S. Koreans donate masks to Salvation Army in fight against COVID-19
Updated: 2020-03-14 09:00:16 KST
Practing social distancing is crucial in stopping the spread of the virus.
But, this is not possible for some public service providers who cannot avoid contact with others when performing their daily work.
To encourage these workers, the Salvation Army is carrying out a campaign.
We have our Hong Yoo on the scene with the Salvation Army…
So Yoo, where are you and what kind of campaign is this?
Good afternoon Dami, I'm at Gwanghwamun Square in downtown Seoul, and right behind me is the Salvation Army with their red Christmas kettles.
Normally, they would be out during Christmas season to encourage donations in the form of money.
But this time, the volunteers are asking people to donate face masks and hand sanitizers.
The donated items will be delivered to workers who cannot avoid coming into contact with lots of people during their working hours, such as street cleaners, bus drivers, and public service providers.
The Salvation Army also hopes this act of sharing will spread a spirit of hope and a sense of community across the country.
The campaign started yesterday and will continue for 7 days until next Thursday.
People can bring masks and hand sanitizers and drop them into a donation pot to help others from 8am to 1pm.
Other places in Seoul that these pots can be found are Express Bus Terminal and Yongsan Station.
They have also been installed in different regions, including Daejeon and Busan.
Back to you, Dami.